How do I use the new Windows XP Welcome screen?

A. The new XP Welcome screen is actually as simple as it looks. When you first boot the machine, log off, or use Fast User Switching, the system displays a screen with the computer's local accounts. To log on as one of these accounts, click the appropriate user name or picture. If you have a password, the system will display an area for your password (if you don't need a password, you'll be logged on).

Type your password and click the right arrow or press Enter. If you forget your password and configured a password hint, you can click the question mark (?) next to the right arrow to display your hint. Note that these password hints aren't secure; anyone can see them by clicking the ?, so don't make them too obvious.

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